Therapists

Karen Alvarez, LPC, LLP, CAADC-CCS

Karen Alvarez is the owner of Serene Solutions and dually licensed as a Limited License Psychologist and as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and as a Clinical Supervisor. In 2003, Karen Alvarez graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Western Michigan University. In 2006, she earned a Master’s Degree in Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Karen specializes in working with individuals who have been impacted by trauma. She is certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), an evidence-based trauma treatment. EMDR has helped many people overcome their anxiety, depression, and fear as a result of their traumas. She also serves as an EMDR Approved Consultant for therapists who are working towards EMDR certification. Karen has over fifteen years of experience counseling individuals with anxiety, depression, addictions, mood and personality disorders, and trauma histories. She has worked in a variety of settings including community mental health agencies, hospital emergency rooms, substance abuse agencies, & local jails. She knows one size does NOT fit all, thus she uses a variety of counseling techniques including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Karen provides in-office counseling as well as telehealth and accepts most insurance plans.

Emilie Musialczyk, LMSW

Making the decision to seek support takes great courage and strength. We live in a very demanding world often having many roles and can easily lose our true self in the process leaving us feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Sometimes we need a safe and non-judgemental space where our voice is heard to explore our own personal needs and goals moving toward a healthy quality of life. Through discussion and reflection we become empowered to reconnect with our inner voice and can feel more in control and less overwhelmed.  I am grateful to have over 18 years experience working with adults who are courageously coping with a variety of challenges that include: coping with chronic medical issues & disease management, anxiety/stress, caregiver burnout, depression, fatigue, grief and adjustment to life transitions. I use a client centered and strength based approach that includes Motivational Interviewing and EMDR and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques. It would be an honor to partner with you to explore the path of your life journey! Call me direct today at (269) 568-5390. I currently accept ABS, Aetna, Ambetter, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Beech Street, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cigna, Cofinity, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, HAP, Healthscope, Humana, Magellan, Mclaren, MESSA, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, Military One Source, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Priority Health, Smart Health, Tricare, United Healthcare, UMR, State Farm Auto, and True Choice.

Janet Luchies, LMSW

It’s all about you. Whether you are experiencing struggles deciding your path in life, trying to put childhood experiences into perspective, dealing with work stressors, grief, anxiety or depression, the focus will be on your needs, strengths and goals. Together we will discover the path forward to help you become the person you are meant to be. After many years of public Social Work (infant mental health, abuse/neglect, family dysfunction, severe and persistent mental illness, legal issues, student and professional supervision), I am now providing a supportive, empathetic therapeutic experience for adults of all ages. Call me direct today at (269) 384-9290. I currently accept ABS, Aetna, Ambetter, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Beech Street, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Cofinity, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, HAP, Healthscope, Humana, Magellan, Mclaren, MESSA, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Priority Health, Tricare, United Healthcare, UMR, Smart Health, State Farm Auto, and True Choice.

Rebecca Beronja, LPC

Life is hard.  Sometimes it is even more than we can manage on our own.  I believe it is an honor to hear your story and hold space for you while you work through these tough times.  It is my job to listen and support you while we work together to find your strengths and improve your quality of life.  I have worked extensively with depression, anxiety, mood disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Military issues, trauma/PTSD, family issues, life transitions, relationship issues, and LGBTQIA issues.  I work with people from the ages of 12 through all stages of adulthood. I graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Psychology.  After working in childcare for years, I graduated with a Masters in Counseling in 2008.  Because not all people are the same, not all therapy approaches can be the same.  I use an eclectic mix of Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and experiential therapies such as play therapy and sand tray therapy. I accept a variety of insurances including ABS, Aetna, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Beech Street, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cofinity, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, Healthscope, Humana, Magellan, Mclaren, MESSA, Medicaid, Meridian Medicaid, Military One Source, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Priority Health, Smart Health, State Farm Auto, Tricare, United Healthcare, and UMR. Call me today at (269) 251-7313 to schedule an appointment.

Molly Lininger, LMSW

Molly graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work. Molly specializes in working with adults and adolescents who have experienced or are experiencing trauma, grief, anxiety, and struggling with addictions. Molly is certified as an Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor and trained in EMDR, an evidence-based treatment designed to help people who have experienced trauma emotionally heal. “I believe everyone I work with is the expert on their life, my role is to help them gain the tools that will allow them to reach their personal goals. Being a counselor has always been my dream because it is such a great honor to be a part of someone’s personal growth and healing.” Molly works exclusively with Telehealth services and is therefore able to see anybody in the state of Michigan who has an internet connection and is open to Telehealth services. She assures that this will be done in a completely confidential environment. I currently accept Aetna, ABS, Ambetter, ASR, Beacon, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cigna, Cofinity, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, Humana, Magellan, MESSA, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, Molina, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Priority Health, Smart Health, Tricare, United Healthcare, UMR, and Wellcare.

Justynn Mayo, LPC

Justynn is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). He graduated with his master’s degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University. Helping others find self-acceptance, contentment, and improved functioning through therapeutic approaches is one of the most satisfying parts of counseling for Justynn. Justynn uses a variety of counseling techniques including Person Centered Therapy, EMDR, Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Justynn lives in southwest Michigan with his family and pets. He recently adopted a rescue dog and enjoys training and playing with her. Call me direct today at (269) 519-0779. I currently accept ABS, Aetna, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Beech Street, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Cofinity, Coventry, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, Humana, Magellan, Mclaren, MESSA, Medicaid, Meridian, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Priority Health, Tricare, United Healthcare, UMR, and Smart Health, State Farm Auto, and True Choice.

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Maria Swiftfoot, LLP

Maria understands it can be a difficult decision to seek support and help. She is passionate about being with and supporting individuals during times that may be challenging and painful, whether from previous life experiences or in the present. As a Limited License Psychologist, she has worked for over 20 years in the US and overseas with individuals of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. Maria’s work has focused on the consequences of loss and trauma, anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic and terminal illness management and eating disorders. With certification in holistic and integrative health care, she focuses on the uniqueness of those she counsels and incorporates elements of person-centered and cognitive behavioral therapy, real life experience, EMDR, motivational interviewing and wellness coaching. Maria is currently seeing adolescents (12+) and adults. To schedule an appointment with Maria call (269) 312-1446. Maria accepts ABS, Aetna, Ambetter, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cofinity, First Health, GEHA, HAP, Humana, McLaren, Medicaid, Meridian, MESSA, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Physician’s Health Plan (PHP), Smart Health, UMR, United Healthcare and Wellcare.

Tara Calabro, LMSW

Tara completed her Master of Social Work program in 2016 at Michigan State University and has worked in out-patient mental health since. “I have experience with integrated behavioral health, providing me a better understanding of the ways that our emotional wellbeing impacts our physical health. I also understand that each individual is unique, and I tailor my approach to fit your goals. As a client-centered therapist, I work to build a relationship with each client based on compassion, understanding, and non-judgment. In building that relationship, I hope to better understand the areas of your life that you are proud of and the areas in which you feel stuck. It is my belief that in healing past pain, you can better get in touch with your most authentic self. I am certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and work with techniques based in mindfulness and attachment theory.” To schedule an appointment with Tara contact her directly at (269) 261-5154.Tara accepts the following insurance plans: ABS, Aetna, Ambetter, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Cofinity, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, HAP, Humana, Magellan, McLaren, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, MESSA, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Physician’s Health Plan (PHP), Priority Health, Smart Health, State Farm Auto, Tricare, True Choice, UMR, United Healthcare and Wellcare.  

David Pitts, LMSW

Sometimes on life’s journey things become too difficult to manage on our own. I see therapy as “Life Support.” Life support to help you get to a place where you are thriving, enjoying life, and becoming the best version of yourself. My goal as a therapist is to help you feel comfortable and to provide a safe place to process and heal from life experiences and current stressors. I’m here to support you and walk alongside of you as you uncover the things that are stopping you from becoming the person you desire to be. I know what it’s like to be confused, broken, and not know your purpose. I became a therapist to help people overcome, heal, and take their lives back from all the things and people that said it was impossible. My goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental space where collectively we can reach your individualized treatment goals.  My approach uses empathy, humor, collaboration, and education to develop goals and objectives for treatment.  I have experience working with adults and teenagers with problems related to trauma, emotion regulation, negative thoughts, negative self-image, self-esteem issues, depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, self-harm, relational problems, anger management, current military and post military issues, men issues, blended-family issues, and career challenges. I graduated from Spring Arbor University with a Masters in social work. I have over 10 years’ experience working in the mental health field. Therapy can look different for everyone. No one is born knowing how to deal with emotions or regulate themselves, we learn this over time by others showing us how. I look forward to helping you learn life support tools so that you can get to a place where you are thriving and enjoying life. I currently accept ABS, Aetna, Anthem, Ambetter, ASR, Beacon, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Cofinity, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, HAP, Humana, Magellan, Mclaren, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, MESSA, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Health Plan (PHP), Priority Health, Smart Health, State Farm, Tricare, True Choice, UMR, and United Health Care. To schedule an appointment with David contact Serene Solutions at 269-359-7272.

Alexis Flowers, LMSW

Alexis has a heart to provide her clients with a caring space to be who they are, in a safe space to process shame, wrestle with grief, and become curious about the impact of their own story. This year has brought numerous challenges that few of us have ever experienced or feel confident in overcoming. Many of us have experienced an increase in anxiety, depression, and feelings of instability in our personal and professional lives. At times we need support to identify the root cause for our discomfort and learn how to address our needs. Alexis is a Licensed Masters Social Worker and also a Licensed Practical Nurse of 16 years. Alexis works primarily with adults and seniors. She utilizes an eclectic approach, utilizing various theoretical approaches to include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization Processing (EMDR), and Motivational Interviewing (MI). Areas of interest include depression, anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, life stressors and transitions and caregiver burnout. Alexis currently accepts ABS, Ambetter, ASR, Beacon, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Care Network, Cigna, Evernorth, HAP, Humana, Magellan, Mclaren, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, MESSA, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP Healthcare, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Priority Health, Smart Health, State Farm Auto, Tricare, True Choice, UMR, United Healthcare, Wellcare.  To schedule an appointment with Alexis, contact 269-625-0081.

Gladys Seedorf, LMSW

The last two years have been very difficult for many people as a result of the Pandemic. Some things have permanently changed, and everyone’s life has been impacted in some way. Many people are in search of a secure place to reach out and find support. It would be my honor and privilege to assist you with your struggles while we work through your challenges and put things back into perspective. I earned a Master of Social Work Degree and a certificate in Alcohol and Drug Abuse from Western Michigan University. For the past 30 years, I have worked in the medical field: Homecare, Hospice, Oncology and Bereavement. I have worked with a wide variety of clients that range from children, adults, elderly, Veterans and LGBTQ all from diverse backgrounds. My specialties include depression, anxiety, substance abuse treatment, relationship issues, caregiver’s issues, grief and loss. I am a compassionate and experienced therapist who uses a combination of approaches: CBT, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Client Centered Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. Please call me direct at (269) 986-6372 to schedule an appointment. I am accepting the following insurances: ABS, Aetna, Alliance Health, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Beech Street, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Cofinity, First Health, GEHA, HAP, Healthscope, Humana, Magellan, MESSA, Mclaren, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, Molina, Multiplan, Optum, NHBP Healthcare, PHCS, PHP, Physician’s Care, Priority Health, Smart Health, State Farm Auto, Tricare, True Choice, Ulliance EAP, United Health Care, and UMR.

Mariela Contreras-Barajas, LMSW

Mariela provides both individual and family therapy to children, teens, and adults who may be struggling with depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, anger management, self-esteem, self-harm, and suicidal ideation. Mariela’s goal is to help clients reach their full potential and provide a warm, safe, welcoming and non- judgmental environment for individuals. Mariela believes everyone is unique and deserves to feel heard. Mariela has worked for many years in child welfare, community mental health setting, and hospice. Mariela uses a variety of evidence-based strategies including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Therapy, Psycho Education, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Mariela received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Western Michigan University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from Spring Arbor University. Mariela is a bilingual therapist and provides services both in English and Spanish. Mariela accepts the following insurances: ABS, Aetna, Alliance Health, Ambetter, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Beech Street, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Cofinity, Evernorth, First Health, GEHA, HAP, Healthscope, Humana, Magellan, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, MESSA, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP, Optum, PHCS, PHP, Physicians Care, Priority Health, Smart Health, State Farm, Tricare, True Choice, United Healthcare, UMR and more insurances added daily! To schedule an appointment with Mariela please contact her directly at (269) 359- 0339.

Holli Slater, LMSW

Whether you are experiencing chronic mental health issues, challenges that are overwhelming, or just need someone to talk with, I am here to support and be the person standing next to you through whatever challenges you may face by providing a safe, compassionate, and judgment-free environment. My goal is to provide an empathetic environment where we can develop your treatment goals and work towards reaching them. We will explore many aspects of your life, including, but not limited to emotions, communication, conflict resolution, trauma, and relationships. I specialize working with adults with a focus on addictions, grief, anxiety, depression, PTSD, and childhood/intergenerational trauma. I have experience working with children who have experienced trauma using play therapy. I use client centered approaches with counseling techniques including Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitizing Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, and Psychoeducation. I am a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) and a Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CAADC). I graduated from Michigan State with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and Western Michigan with a Masters in Social Work.  I have training in Trauma-Focused CBT and Gottman’s Couples Counseling Training Level One. I take the following insurances: ABS, Alliance Health, Ambetter, Anthem, ASR, Beacon, Behavioral Health Services (BHS), Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Cigna, Evernorth, HAP, Healthscope, Humana, Magellan, Mclaren, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, MESSA, Molina, Multiplan, NHBP, Optum, PHCS, Physician’s Care, Priority Health, Smart Health, State Farm, Tricare, United Health Care, and UMR. Please contact me directly at 269-359-0752 or email hslater@serenesolutions.net

Carrie Dall, LMSW

I think it’s safe to say, life doesn’t always go according to plan. And at times seeking help and support is the most courageous step you can take. YOU are the narrator of your story, and it is my hope to guide you to be the best possible version of yourself. Over the past 11 years I have worked with clients dealing with chronic illness, situational stress, anxiety, relationship issues, motivation, self-esteem & depression through an eclectic approach using CBT, systems theory, motivational interviewing and DBT. As a clinical social worker, I will not only focus on the issues you are facing currently, but all the other systems that make you who you are: your family of origin, upbringing, faith, values, relationship status, career and daily stressors. I also have experience working with couples looking to improve communication, conflict resolution and intimacy in relationships. I am honored to walk this journey of healing and change with you, and I will tailor our conversations and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. Taking the first step to initiate therapy can take courage and I applaud you for getting started! I take ABS, Ambetter, ASR, Beech Street, BHS, Blue Care Network, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Healthscope, Humana, Medicaid, Medicare, Meridian, Multiplan, NHBP, Optum, PCHS, Priority Health, Smart Health, Ulliance EAP, UMR, United Healthcare, and more! Call me today at (269) 377-2003.

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